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DPA Masterclass event: Converting the Naysayers and Managing Pushback

  • Brisbane City Council Brisbane Square, Level 16, 266 George Street Brisbane City, QLD, 4000 Australia (map)

You’re invited to attend the Diversity Practitioners Association’s second masterclass: Converting the Naysayers and Managing Pushback. 

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As you may have heard at our launch event earlier year, one of the challenging realities of progressing the diversity and inclusion agenda in organisations is managing resistance.  Resistance can surface in many different ways: ambivalence, jokes, fear, prejudice, disengagement etc.. Irrespective of its medium, push back is at best draining and at worst, totally derailing. Having the skills and strategies to deal with resistance is a critical success factor for professionals working in this space. 

This masterclass is designed with this specific skill set in mind. The session will include a lively panel discussion with perspectives from the academic, corporate and community sectors on what works when it comes to influencing those who aren’t quite on board… yet. (Check out the bios of our esteemed panelists below!) The workshop component will enable us to put the theory into practice by considering a range of case studies reflecting the ever day scenarios we face in organisations. We’ll also ensure there’s ample opportunity to draw on each other’s experience with what’s worked on the ground.  

When: Tuesday November 22, 1pm - 3pm

Where: Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Square. Level 16, 266 George Street, Brisbane City

Price: Free for DPA members (including those who join before the event), $40 for non-members

We are grateful for the support of Brisbane City Council, the DPA corporate supporter hosting this event.

A nourishing afternoon tea will be served.  Please confirm dietary requirements by 15 November 2016 by emailing

Panellist Bios

Dr Renata Bongiorno holds a PhD in social and organisational psychology and has expertise in gender equality, collective action and social change. Renata’s work and research examines prejudice towards women in leadership, motivating community action to advance social causes, gender bias in the judicial system, the psychological factors that contribute to reactions towards perpetrators and victims of sexual harassment, and mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality. Renata’s work has featured in The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Age, The Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, and Daily Life.

Tammy Pope is a Senior Consultant on Equity, Diversity, Indigenous Talent Management at Brisbane City Council managing a breadth of high profile initiatives. Tammy has also held roles in Queensland Health as Director of Indigenous health and as a senior coordinator with oversight of closing the gap initiatives. Tammy has also led the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts for a period as their Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Dening is the Secretary and Lead Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project Queensland Incorporated which is a community of people actively seeking nonviolent solutions to conflict. Through this role he has worked with a wide variety of groups, including inmates at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. Richard also works with the Public Safety Business Agency consulting on conflict resolution and prevention of bullying and harassment for Queensland Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

We hope you can join us!

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